He was a main character of the show for its seven seasons. Ansari stars as Dev Shah in the Netflix original series Master of None, created and written with Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. The 10-episode series premiered on November 6, 2015, to very positive reviews.
Ansari frequently performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as weekly shows such as Invite Them Up.In 2005, Rolling Stone included him in their annual "Hot List" as their choice for the "Hot Standup", Around the summer of 2005, Ansari began collaborating with fellow comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer (both from the improv troupe Respecto Montalban), as well as director Jason Woliner to make short films.In his post Ansari opens up about how he felt like a “complete piece of rubbish” for not visiting them in South Carolina as much as he could have.Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Ansari and Yang, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Ansari; Yang and Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode "Parents".Apatow liked Ansari's character, "Randy", and commissioned him and Human Giant collaborator Jason Woliner to create online shorts centered around his character, to promote the film.
These shorts proved successful and the character became the subject of one of the film ideas Ansari and Woliner are developing for Apatow Productions.In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant, which ran for two seasons.This led to acting roles in feature films, including Funny People; I Love You, Man; Observe and Report; and 30 Minutes or Less.In mid-2006, MTV greenlit a sketch series from the group, which debuted April 5, 2007.The show ran for two seasons and the group was offered a third season, but they opted to pursue other opportunities.The first series created by the group was Shutterbugs, which followed Huebel and Ansari as cutthroat child talent agents.